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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Mary Lou is determined to spend her rumspringa (a wild time all Amish teens go through before making a decision whether or not to join the church) in the city working in a seamstress shop. After a year of being deathly ill and hospitalized, Mary Lou believes she’s following God’s calling. When she meets Jonah, the delivery boy, and learns of the Amish past that has made him very angry, she believes even more strongly that God has led her to the city to connect with Jonah and help bring him home. Only, things don’t go quite as planned. Just when she believes she has made a positive impact on the young man, something dreadful happens, pushing him further away than before.
Sylvia Price’s romance novella, Jonah’s Redemption: An Amish Romance, is a simple story following a simple life. There’s always something soothing and comforting about reading a story about the Amish and Sylvia Price clearly makes her story both soothing and comforting. The plot follows a steady progression, although the timeline jumps around. For example, after being at Mary Lou’s home with Jonah for a day, all of a sudden they’ve been at Mary’s Lou’s for about a week and Jonah’s job in the city is threatened because he’s been away too long. The time jumps aside, the characters are well developed and believable and the setting is aptly described. Jonah’s Redemption: An Amish Romance definitely has merit and potential and will be a simple read for a quiet time, which we seem to have lots of right now.